Saturday, 29 February 2020

Announcing our new show - NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS!

We're thrilled to announce that Bad Bat's next theatre production will be NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS by Steve Jordan (The Future Boys, Doctor Who), a new one-hour comedy play about the trials and tribulations of a group of misfits and a second-hand computer game shop on the Isle of Wight. That's right - the stakes are pretty high here.

Tom was born a decade too late - he owns a highly curated vintage computer game shop on the Isle of Wight, while his contemporaries are more interested in starting families and building careers… bloody sad acts. You’ll never complete Super Mario World with that attitude. 

The shop is failing, due in no small part to his refusal to stock merchandise that people might actually want to buy, and he is running out of money and sanity. He grudgingly attempts to modernise by copying his best friend, charismatic YouTube vlogger Lara - but discovers there’s more to online popularity than aggressively reading tedious facts at camera... 

The crisis deepens when a competitor, former computer game developer Alex, announces that he will soon be opening a rival store on the island. He’s even trying to steal Tom’s only employee - Greg, a former bank manager who’s nostrils-deep in a midlife crisis. 

This island ain’t big enough for the both of them. Only one thing can settle this – a ‘loser leaves town’ fight to the death - in an obscure vintage computer game, obviously. 

Can Tom bring his shop into the 21st Century (or even the 90s, that’d be a start) enough to drum up business? Or will he ignore the bigger picture and instead obsess over winning a poorly-thought-out gaming tournament? Maybe it’s both! You’ll have to reach the end of level boss to find out... 

Bad Bat have established themselves as seriously hot talent in sci-fi comedy.’ – Views from the Gods

Robert Dearn as ‘Tom’
Hannah Victory as ‘Lara’
Adam Joselyn as ‘Greg’
Joshua Jewkes as ‘Alex’
Produced by Steve Jordan & Ellen Gallagher for Bad Bat Productions.

Robert Dearn is delighted to be working with Bad Bat once again, nearly 5 years since first working with them. Robert has been a part of Bad Bat productions such as King ChaosSuper Global Mega Inc and the audio episodes of The Future Boys. Robert's credits include; 'Jim' in The Railway Children (Brewhouse Taunton), 'Wisby' in Arrivals and Departures (Malvern Coach House) 'Mercutio' in Romeo and Juliet (Blue Orange Theatre) and 'Prince Charming' in Cinderella (Mitchell Arts Centre). Robert has also featured on a set of BBC Bitesize educational videos and the RNLI's 'Float to Live Campaign'. Robert has sung domestically and in Europe.

Hannah Victory is an actor-musician, physical theatre performer and aerialist in training. She will also be appearing as Judy Garland in Legends & Bridge at the Barons Court Theatre in July. Theatre credits include; TARO (The Jack Studio), Gentleman Jack (The Jack Studio), Zombiegate (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Richard II (The Bread & Roses), Three Sisters (The Jack Studio), Richard II (Rehearsed Reading, Young Vic), The House of Bernarda Alba (The London Theatre), Knitters in the Gutter (LOST Theatre), Nothing Like the Sun (Theatre Utopia), Julius Caesar (V&A Museum), T.E.A.R's (ACT Main House), Thin Air (The Horse and Stables), Barge Baby (The Courtyard Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe), Nowhere to Go (Camden Roundhouse), The House of Bernarda Alba, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Wright Theatre, USA), RENT (Wyatt Pavilion, USA), The Seagull (Site Specific, Canterbury), Silent Streets (Bloomsbury Theatre, Fairfield Halls), The Libertine (Showcase, Trafalgar Studios). Film includes; Red-HandedK & JRipleyStay With Me.

Having acted from an early age, Adam Joselyn got the part of Simon in the pilot episode of The Inbetweeners at the age of 18. Although much of the cast was later re-cast, E4 commissioned the first series of the popular show off the back of the pilot episode. In the last few years, Adam has featured in many short films, commercials for Coca-ColaMercedes and McDonald's among others, and played Giles in the feature film The Inbetweeners 2. Adam wrote, produced and starred in the pilot episode of webseries, Twins, and is a long-time collaborator with Bad Bat as a performer (The Future BoysThe Probleming) and writer (Global Mega Inc). Adam is also a regular performer with comedy improvisation group Trophy Room. Adam is represented by BMA Artists.

Joshua Jewkes trained in London as an actor at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. Since graduating in 2013, he has worked in a variety of roles, both on and off stage, within the fringe theatre circuit. Recent acting credits include: Tell it Slant (Merry Spinsters), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Unfolds Theatre), The Sword and the Dope (LAPA Productions), Twelfth Night (Original Impact), The Great & The Cynical (Light of the Moon Productions), Romeo and Juliet (CandleFire Theatre), Trial of the Jew Shylock (Poetic Justice).

Steve Jordan is a playwright, theatre director, award-winning author of short fiction and the co-founder of theatre production group Bad Bat Productions. His plays have been performed in London’s West End and Fringe venues across London to wide-spread acclaim. His short fiction has been awarded a Wattpad 'Watty' Award, and also published in KZINE and the Terror Tales horror anthology series (including the British Fantasy Award nominated Terror Tales of Wales). He also writes audio plays, novels and screenplays (Screenwriting Goldmine Awards finalist). Two episodes of his audio sitcom, The Future Boys, were released following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and he was recently commissioned by Big Finish Productions to write an audio drama for their Doctor Who range.